Louis Gaudinot vs Phil Harris set for March UFC Fight Night London event

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No. 11 ranked flyweight Louis Gaudinot will head to enemy territory when he travels to London to take on Phil Harris at the UFC Fight Night event scheduled for March 8 in London.

The UFC announced the matchup on Friday.

Both fighters will be attempting to rebound from losses.

In August, Gaudinot lost a unanimous decision to Tim Elliott while Harris suffered a TKO loss at the hands of John Lineker in October.

Gaudinot (6-3) has split his two fights since moving down to flyweight, notably defeating the aforementioned Lineker by guillotine choke submission in May 2012. However, after that fight, he was out of action for 15 months due to injury before stepping back in and losing to Elliott.

This will be the third consecutive fight in England for Harris, who was born in Portsmouth, 75 miles southwest of London. Aside from his loss to Lineker, he defeated Ulysses Gomez via unanimous decision last February. Harris is 22-11 with 1 no contest overall.

The UFC Fight Night event will be headlined by an important light-heavyweight matchup pitting Alexander Gustafsson vs. the unbeaten Jimi Manuwa. If Gustafsson wins, he will earn the No. 1 contender slot and take on the winner of the upcoming Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira title fight.

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